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The Mary A. Carskadon Outstanding Educator Award, established in 2005, is presented on an annual basis to honor excellence in the field of education related to sleep medicine and research. This award is given to an investigator for an outstanding effort in disseminating basic or clinical sleep and circadian research as a mentor, teacher or through public education. This award honors one educator whose contributions can include training of others who have contributed to sleep or circadian research, writings that educate others in sleep or circadian research or administration and organization of teaching efforts in sleep or circadian research. The call for nominations occurs in early August with a deadline of November 1. The award is presented each year at SLEEP, the Annual Meeting of the Associated Professional Sleep Societies.
To nominate someone, download the SRS Mary A. Carskadon Outstanding Educator Award Nomination Form. Complete the form and email it to the SRS Coordinator at firstname.lastname@example.org no later than November 1, annually.
Download Mary A. Carskadon Outstanding Educator Award Nominations Form
Daniel J. Buysse, PhD
Daniel J. Buysse, MD, has been a member of the Sleep Research Society (SRS) since 1988. Dr. Buysse is Professor of Psychiatry and Clinical and Translational Science at the University of Pittsburgh. He serves as Director of the Clinical Research Resources and Facilities Core of the University of Pittsburgh Clinical and Translational Science Institute, and Co-Director of the UPMC Sleep Medicine Center and the Pittsburgh Sleep Medicine Institute.
After earning his medical degree from the University of Michigan, Dr. Buysse completed a residency in psychiatry, a clinical research fellowship, and a clinical polysomnography fellowship at the University of Pittsburgh. He has more than 27 years of experience conducting clinical and translational research in sleep medicine, and he has mentored 21 post-doctoral fellows, 11 of these as primary research mentor. Nine of Dr. Buysse’s previous post-docs have received K awards, and eight have obtained NIH R-series grant funding. His trainees have been first author on more than 60 peer-reviewed publications.
I am deeply honored to receive this award from the Sleep Research Society. I am also profoundly grateful to the many people who have helped me to become a better educator over time: First, to my mentors, David Kupfer, Chip Reynolds, and Tim Monk, who not only helped me to learn about sleep, circadian rhythms, and clinical research, but who also modeled generosity and a deep interest in training and education. Second, to my many informal mentors, especially Tom Roth, Jim Walsh, Sonia Ancoli-Israel, and Wally Mendelson, whose interest in my early career gave me the encouragement to persevere. Third, to the large number of students, trainees, and colleagues with whom I have had the privilege to work: You have educated me much more than the other way around, and I appreciate your willingness to let me practice on you!
Sleep medicine has been fortunate to have many outstanding educators, including Mary Carskadon, for whom this award is named. This past year, we lost another one of our great educators and a previous recipient of this award, Dick Bootzin. Although I never worked directly with Dick, his influence is seen and felt everywhere in our field, and his legacy lives on through his many former trainees. I accept this award in his memory and honor.
2014 - Michael Chase, PhD
2013 - Meir Kryger, MD, FRCPC and Robert W. McCarley, MD
2012 - Thomas Roth, PhD
2011 - Charles Czeisler, MD, PhD
2010 - Allan Rechtschaffen, PhD
2009 - David F. Dinges, PhD
2008 - Richard Bootzin, PhD
2007 - Sonia Ancoli-Israel, PhD
2006 - William Dement, MD, PhD
2005 - Mary Carskadon, PhD